The International Museum of Surgical Science's blog has published a piece about my current research as Artist-in-Residence. Read more here.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Tentatively, an artist talk is scheduled for May 5th and the culminating performance and exhibition will kick-off on August 4th. Check back for more details!
Friday, October 28, 2016
Come back to the space
where we were so close
Tell us again how you know
how you submerged us
how we re-wrote the movement of sidewalk and street
how it bent up to meet us
how our cries made a body an earthquake
What was that chain reaction?
Notes on the Composition
“Grapple” was written as a multidisciplinary poetry-dance work in collaboration with the Coincidentals, Chicago choreographers and dancers Jamie Corliss and Lydia Feuerhelm. Initially the dancers drew inspiration from a photo by Shayna Stacy of an arrest of a young African American man during a protest as part of Moral Mondays Illinois in Chicago in November of 2015. The text then incorporated ideas from the image alongside source material and videos provided by the dancers. Together, we adapted the structure of the poem to inform the building of the dance, so that the two work with and against each other. Using spoken text and movement, the resulting piece evokes the complex physicality of the act of protest where intimacy and aggression overlap. Street protest occupies a unique space in contemporary society, where strangers are fueled by a shared urgency, where limpness and release take the form of strength, where people defy norms by being so close. Rather than address the politics of protest, the piece in performance addresses the energy and feeling of these movements in a corporeal sense. It examines how physicality in protest exists in seemingly contradictory ways: bodily weakness can be an act of strength and physical closeness can unify or it can assert power hierarchies.
“Grapple” was first performed in Chicago as part of the Mess Hall series in August 2016.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago, where she is a book publicist for the University of Chicago Press and the poetry editor for Black Ocean. She is the author of Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015), Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013) and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009) as well as the chapbooks An Overture in the Key of F (above/ground press 2013) and A Useless Window (Black Ocean 2006).
This is her second chapbook with above/ground press, after An Overture in the Key of F (2013).
Carrie Olivia Adams
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Operating Theater will be available August 1st from Noctuary Press, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. You can catch previews of the new work at the following upcoming Chicago readings:
Thursday, June 4th @ 7:30 PM
Living Room Realty
1530 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60642
As part of the book launch for Ryo Yamaguchi’s amazing first book The Refusal of Suitors.
Saturday, July 25th @ 5:30 PM
City Lit Books
2523 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
Along with good friends James Shea, Nate Hoks, and Julia Cohen
Hope to see some new and friendly faces!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Watchful Ear has posted a truly thoughtful review of my poetry and music collaboration, The Huntress, with Joseph Clayton Mills and Deanna Varagona. "Fantastic, unusual work." "The music is stunning." "I rarely read poetry, but found each these little vignettes a real gem."